Melville Estate Chardonnay 2014


SKU 10409


Made of 100% estate bottled Santa Rita Hills fruit from Melville's own holdings, from a vineyard blessed by cooling ocean-winds and poor soils, this has vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors. Fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral barrels (5 to 20 year old French oak), with zero malolactic and sur lie aging. Yields were 3.4 lbs/vine (3.0 tons/acre).
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Melville
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Wine AdvocateI found the 2014 Chardonnay Estate (aged eight months in neutral oak) surprisingly simple and forward, with medium-bodied notes of stone fruits, dried herbs and buttered apples. It should be enjoyed over the coming couple of years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2016